13 When before I was a [a]blasphemer, and a persecutor, and an oppressor: but I was received to mercy: for I did it ignorantly through unbelief.

14 But the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant [b]with faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus.

15 [c]This is a [d]true saying, and by all means worthy to be received, that (A)Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 1:13 These are the preparative works which Paul braggeth of.
  2. 1 Timothy 1:14 He proveth this change by the effects, for that, that he that was a profane man, is become a believer: and he that did most outrageously persecute Christ, burneth now in love towards him.
  3. 1 Timothy 1:15 He turneth the reproach of the adversaries upon their own head, showing that this singular example of the goodness of God, redoundeth to the commodity of the whole Church.
  4. 1 Timothy 1:15 Worthy to be believed.

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